South Korea on Wednesday harshly criticized Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba for his remarks on disputed isles in the Sea of Japan.
In a speech to the Diet on Tuesday, Gemba said he will be firm in telling South Korea that Japan cannot accept Seoul’s claim to the isles which are known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japan.
“The Korean government strongly protests the remarks by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba that raise claims of unfair sovereignty over Dokdo,” South Korean foreign ministry spokesman Cho Byung-jae said in a statement, Yonhap reported. He called for Gemba to withdraw the remarks.
“Dokdo is Korean territory historically, geographically and under international law. The Korean government will firmly deal with any attempt to undermine Korea’s sovereignty over Dokdo,” Yonhap quoted Cho as saying.